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From jailer to jailed : my journey from correction and police commissioner to inmate 84888-054
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New York : Threshold Editions, [2015]

Pocket Books 2015
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304 pages ; 24 cm
The former NYC police commissioner traces the story of his Medal of Honor-winning service during 9/11 and prison sentence for tax fraud, revealing how his incarceration has shaped his views of the American justice system and its need for reform.
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Book 365.6092 KERIK 1

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The controversial New York City police commissioner and bestselling author of The Lost Son shares the story of his fall from grace and the effects of his incarceration on his views of the American justice system.

Bernard Kerik was New York City's police commissioner during the 9/11 attacks, who became an American hero as he led the NYPD through rescue and recovery efforts of the World Trade Center. His résumé as a public servant is long and storied, and includes honors from President Ronald Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II, and the NYPD's Medal for Valor for saving his partner in a gun battle. In 2004, Kerik was nominated by President George W. Bush to head the US Department of Homeland Security.

Now, he is a former Federal Prison Inmate known as #84888-054.

Convicted of tax fraud and false statements in 2007, Kerik was sentenced to four years in federal prison. Now for the first time, in this hard-hitting, raw and oftentimes politically incorrect memoir, he talks candidly about his time on the inside: the torture of solitary confinement, the abuse of power, the mental and physical torment of being locked up in a cage, the powerlessness. With his newfound perspective, Kerik makes a plea for change and illuminates why our punishment system doesn't always fit the crime.

In this extraordinary memoir, Kerik offers a riveting, one-of-a-kind perspective on the American penal system as he details life on the inside with the experience of an acclaimed Correction Commissioner from the outside. With astonishing candor, bravery, and insider's intelligence, Bernard Kerik shares his fall from grace to incarceration, and turns it into an impassioned and singularly insightful rallying cry for criminal justice reform in a nation that he devoted his life to serving and protecting.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Part I The Other Side of the Bars
1 Despairp. 3
2 Cumberlandp. 7
3 Eyes Openp. 25
4 Time Stands Stillp. 33
5 Taming Rikersp. 41
6 The Box and the Angelp. 53
7 A Supermax for the Kingp. 63
8 Terrorp. 75
9 Life Lessonsp. 93
Part II How It Happened
10 A Few Good Menp. 103
11 The Rise before the Fallp. 139
12 Gifts, Nannies, and Renovationsp. 149
13 In Jordanp. 163
14 The Feds Close Inp. 191
15 Losing Rudyp. 205
16 Kerik Needs Helpp. 215
17 Ties That Bindp. 231
Part III Reform
18 From the Insidep. 249
19 Returnp. 269
20 A New Directionp. 275
Acknowledgmentsp. 285
Indexp. 289